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i was at my ropes end i keep goin to the doctors with no answers i hav engarged lymp nodes in my lungs ra and now mirtiral tricuspid i just found out nobody test me for lupus oe even lympnoma cancer runs in my family i feel like im gettin the run around

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replied April 2nd, 2012
Lung Cancer Answer A33469
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Lymph node enlargement is a very common sign and can cause many people to get stressed and lose their sleep. A few major symptoms and danger signs can help you differentiate very common benign conditions and from those indicating conditions like cancer and chronic diseases.

Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and undergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the viruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any infection it is common for the lymph nodes to increase in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure).

Lymphomas are lymphoid malignancies, which present with multiple and generalized enlargement of lymph nodes all over the body, in the abdominal and chest cavity, enlarged spleen, and / or the bone marrow within the bones. Apart from lymph node enlargement, individuals may have other non specific symptoms like fever and weight loss, loss of appetite, itchiness all over the body, excessive sweating at night, fatigue, weakness, breathlessness along with swelling of the face and neck, etc.

In your case, having one or two lymph nodes in the lungs does not mean you have lymphoma.

Regarding the valve changes, they are very common in obese patients with coexisting conditions like high blood pressure. In case a echocardiogram done shows you having a good ejection fraction with no changes like cardiomegaly or wall dilation, you would have nothing to worry.

You can consult with your doctor for proper counselling and order a few tests which if normal can clear all your anxiety and fears.

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